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Spiritual ups and downs

roller coaster

Some days calmness, serenity and tranquility will be experienced. Some other days, the mind will be rushing thoughts in a non-stop way, stressing our lives and watering the soil for making mistakes… 🙂

When there is change in life, “normal” people react: cry, laugh, feel sad, feel elated. Spiritual individuals on the other hand, understand and move on with the direction of the wind.
The difference as we progress is that those episodes of feeling hopeless despite knowing better, will diminish as we ride along in life.

Stability of the self is “work in progress.”

This is a very important realization because there is the sense of feeling guilty if something does not “happen” the way it “ought to be,” that is despite my “efforts” to change this or that in me, despite yesterday’s experience of feeling calm and easy, today; it seems like everything went down the drain… 😦

The “illusion” is to believe that spirituality is a straight path going “up.”

As long as there is awareness of what is going on in life, “training” will occur.

Sometimes we could feel as if barely making it through the day; our vision then will be on finding lots of difficulty on maintaining a pleasant self with ourselves and others.

Nevertheless, if we see this by changing our vision; as for instance, “an athlete being trained in the competition of life;” we will realize that “reaching our limits,” is what training is supposed to do, so we can go over those limits according to our capacity.

We will know about our limits by “going down,” so we can make that space to recuperate and jump back it again with greater strength.

The “ups and downs” in life are the same. Going up means to have been able to go over a previous limit. Going down means the space to rebuild the self and to use that momentum to climb up again.

It is a roller coaster.

If we hide inside the little wagon at the top, hoping that we will not go “down,” it means that we are repressing ourselves in the experience of living life. The wagon will go down just to go up again.

When we make a “trauma” out of the experience of going down in life, there will be pain and fear. Going down is only the momentum needed to go up again.

Children are the ones who could enjoy this experience fully. A grown up, is usually busy remembering what has happened, pointing fingers to blame to others, fearful that the future will bring the same “dreadful episode” again.

The roller coaster of life is a ride. Our vision could make that ride enjoyable, free and unencumbered or just a fearful experience. Our vision changes our attitude towards life.

Going up and going down. Duality.
If we go up, we need to come down.
If we don’t come down, we cannot go up.
If we stay in one place, we stagnate.
If we are afraid of going down, we will be afraid when going up.
If we enjoy the experience of the roller coaster and take that in a wholesome way… we live life free of fear!

The cyclic movement in Life

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Unity will change into its opposite, that is variety; for that is the only way for Unity to appear again in “newness.”

There is morning, afternoon and night. Two opposite polarities with something in between.
That afternoon in between those 2 extremes, will change. It becomes closer to one extreme and then to the other, little by little.

The above explains how things work in Nature.

Morning time “creates” nighttime. In turn, Nighttime “creates” morning time. That “creation” takes place slowly, gradually in a timely fashion. There is no rush. No one can accelerate that process.

A baby becomes an old person. In between, we have different stages which will be labeled as: teen, youth, adulthood, maturity, etc. Those labels are just concepts which cannot grasp the reality of movement, of continuous change, like an analog watch.

After Spring time, there is Summer, then Fall and then Winter time. There is a sequence. We can conveniently put a beginning and an end to every season; but in “reality,” is not like that. It is a continuous flowing. Change.

We cannot ask: which season was first? I mean, we could; but that question is not a proper question for it does not understand something cyclical. If there was a beginning of a season; we couldn’t explain how that season appeared there without something before it. That question is illogical. 🙂

If we create “Paradise,” automatically “Hell” is created. Whoever “created” Paradise then, must have created “Hell,” as well. For day cannot exist without night; neither hell without paradise.

We have the concept. If we believe in a concept, we will not be able to grasp the reality which cannot have a name, a label.

Every single thing in life is in movement, changing; therefore, the “4 seasons” apply to everything in life.

The top athlete will become the lowest. It is just a matter of time. If you don’t’ want to be the lowest; then do not become the top.

Suffering appears when we cling to a particular stage, to a particular season. Then, we cannot see that things will continue to change. That is attachment to a season.

That is why, to hold tight to a particular idea, even though holy; is not the way to evolve; for holiness is not a place to arrive to but rather a continuous, a process which will change. Holy change…. 🙂

Ananda discovered that life was a ride with “ups and downs.” When life presented him with the opportunity to be at the “top of his game;” Ananda was a happy “little ego.” That means: a great paying job, a huge house; many luxury cars and a pretty wife to adorn his fragile but huge ego. Those are the “ups” in life for many “normal” people.

Then one day, things started to change. Ananda was fired from his job; then Ananda lost all his “goodies,” and finally his pretty wife and with that his ego was shattered.
That experience could be very painful. When there is no acceptance of the “down” time in life, rejection of what is happening will make things harder, for the only thing in Ananda’s mind (a “normal” mind) is to get that “spring time” back when is time to enjoy the “summer.”

Life could be like a “roller coaster,” with ups and downs. Ego will suffer while “down,” but on the other hand, the inner child will enjoy the ride, if allowed to come out. That is his “time.” Time to play.

Wisdom teaches us to use the “down” sides as impulse for the next “up” in life. In that way, energy will be preserved and with that we will be prepared with an umbrella in our hands, for the upcoming rainy season.

When we use the knowledge of cyclical time to our advantage, there is always “sun and fun,” even when it is raining.